First Steps – Supporting Leadership and Management Development

First Steps – Supporting Leadership and Management                        Development

Target Audience

The programme has been developed for un-promoted staff with two or more years teaching experience.

First Steps into Leadership has professional recognition, which recognises the enhanced, significant and sustained enquiry a teacher has undertaken.  It recognises the teacher as an accomplished practitioner in a particular area, in this instance the particular area is Leadership. A key characteristic of professional recognition is evidence that the participants practice is underpinned by ongoing reflective enquiry.

The 2019/2020  First Steps into Leadership Application Form will be available from 17th May 2019.

Applications for the 2019/2020 programme will be open from 17th May – 2nd June 2019.  All applications must be received by              midnight on the 2nd June 2019.  No applications will be accepted after this date.

Please ensure you have the support of your Head Teacher before applying for this programme.


This course involves tutorials and blended learning with participants undertaking a small school based research project.  Participants are also involved in a range of activities including a self-evaluation           exercise, peer observation, elearning, mentoring meetings and       personal reflection of relevant literature.  Support will be provided by the course facilitator and a senior member of staff acting as      mentor.

There are six taught session one of which is a Saturday covering the following topics:

  •  Understanding & Developing Yourself as a Leader
  • Leadership Skills – Coaching
  • Developing People
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Presentation of leadership journey

Learning Outcomes:

 By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  •  Describe what situational leadership is an when it is appropriate to use each type
  • Use the information gained from the Strength Deployment           Inventory and apply this in managing themselves and the team
  • State the difference between coaching and mentoring and state in what context coaching is appropriate
  • Identify the various stages of team development
  • Describe what is meant by distributive leadership
  • Apply the knowledge learned from a change curve model to       enable them to support their team through change

This programme is run on an annual basis and begins in term 1 and commences before the end of term 3.  The duration of the                  programme is approximately 9 months.

Dates for First Steps 2019-20 should there be two cohorts

Cohort 1
Module Date
Understanding and Developing Yourself as a Leader 30 & 31st Aug 2019
Leader as a Coach 27th Sept 2019
Developing People 8th Nov 2019
Leading and Managing Change 24th Jan 2020
Report Writing Workshop 4th Feb 2020
Presentation 27th Mar 2020
Certificate Ceremony 6th Nov 2020


Cohort 2
Module Date
Understanding and Developing Yourself as a Leader 6 & 7th Sept 2019
Leader as a Coach 25th Oct 2019
Developing People 22nd Nov 2019
Report Writing Workshop 4th Feb 2020
Leading and Managing Change 21st Feb 2020
Presentation 24th Apr 2020
Certificate Ceremony 6th Nov 2020